Archive for August, 2014

Using my iPhone in Berlin

I’m one of those photographers who is increasingly turning to my iPhone to catch those quick pictures. Instagram has revolutionised phone photography and I love the simplistic nature of using a phone instead of a DSLR. It’s just so easy to use and my shoulders don’t ache after carrying around all of that heavy equipment.

It’ll be interesting to see how this develops and I’m sure all camera manufacturers are exploring smaller capture devices. I’ve spoken to my bosses on a regular basis and keep mentioning the portability, ease of use and multi functioning features that I enjoy.

Great pictures can be taken with all cameras including phones and here are a selection of images I took on a recent trip to the fabulous city of Berlin.

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Are Photographic competitions disheartening ?

I do, on the whole, find photographic competitions most disheartening. Whenever you get the rejection email or letter a little bit of confidence ebbs away. I become subdued and a bit saddened whenever I fail to get shortlisted and its happened countless times. It makes me wonder way we go in for them ? Why do I keep putting myself though this ? Obviously the kudos and honour of selection, let alone the enhancement of your career, can sometimes outweigh the negativity but lately the negative feelings are deterring me from entering too many competitions.
You can probably tell I’ve just received such an email ! I’m disappointed that my selection for the Peaches and Cream IV competition run by the excellent company Millennium Images haven’t been selected but I’m mindful that the images they normally choose are excellent. My images are below and were based on a poem by Raymond Carver called ” The Cobweb “. I’m really looking forward to the exhibited images and I already  know that the standard will be incredibly high.

I’ve had the honour of being a judge on a prestigious worldwide competition and it’s an incredibly hard task to whittle down 2000+ images to just 10 ! Personal choice plays a big part in the selection obviously and you try and be fair to everyone but you still know that 1990+ photographers are going to feel like I do today.

I often find that the costs of entering photographic competitions are a big deterrent especially when the odds are stacked against you. Take for instance the Taylor Wessing Portrait prize. In 2013 they had 5,410 images entered from 2,435 photographers. From the 5,410 images only 60 were selected for the final exhibition. The cost per entry was £ 26.00 per picture. That’s a lot of disappointed photographers. I have to admit again though that the Taylor Wessing prize does champion great photography and the show was visited by over 64,000 people. Great publicity if you can get it.

I’m still unsure if the competition route is an effective way of promoting your imagery or if it is a route to despair and disenchantment. Positives and negatives, if you pardon the pun.

Come tomorrow, today’s disappointment will be consigned to history and I’ll pick up my bottom lip and keep taking the images I love. I enjoy what I do and I just love photography.

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Inspiration for photographers from theatre.

Photographers find inspiration from many sources but one theatre company production has stayed with me ever since I first saw it. Four visits later and I was still finding inspiration from a multitude of set pieces.
The production was called “The Drowned Man, a Hollywood Fable” by the specialists in immersive theatre, Punchdrunk.
The show was based in an unused old Post Office sorting building in Paddington. Set over four floors the show told the tale of various characters based in the fading glory of Hollywood’s heyday.
The size and scale of the production was enormous. The detail of the sets was astounding and the acting was wondrous. The imagery from the show will stay with me for a very long time and its rare in this world to be blown away. Just brilliant.

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The Hasselblad H5D-50c

Really enjoyed using the new Hasselblad H5D-50c on these images.
The high ISO worked really well and most of the images were shot at 3200iso. The lens was also wide open and the quality remained consistent. It’s an impressive bit of kit.

The images were of the new pop up shop and diner in Hackney Road, London and has been organised by Secret Cinema’s showing of Back to the Future. Many thanks to them for allowing me to take these images.

For a full view of the images please check out my website.

http://neiljuggins.photoshelter.com/#!/index/G0000DNMo_IjEoC4/I0000LiAuIcpL_U0

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